Public History Graduate Certificate

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

The Graduate Certificate in Public History enables students to develop the analytical and interpretive tools of a graduate history education and to apply them in public practice.  The certificate is earned with twelve credit hours. Six certificate credits can be used also to fulfill requirements for the Master's degree in History.  


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The Graduate Certificate requires 12 credits of graduate level coursework in History, nine of which must be chosen from the department’s public history course offerings and three from graduate level courses in history. The 12 credits for the Graduate Certificate are distributed as follows:

HIST 5424: Public History (3 credits)
HIST 5964: Field Study/Practicum (Internship) (3 credits)
At least one of the following public history courses:
HIST 5434: Digital History Methods
HIST 5444: Oral History
HIST 5454: Topics in Public History
In addition, all students, including those not pursuing an MA in history, must complete a graduate level history course from the following list:
HIST 5114: U.S. History to 1877
HIST 5124: U.S. History since 1877
HIST 5214/ASPT 5214: Topics in Global History
HIST 5246: Readings in Latin American History
HIST 5504: Modern European History


Earn a graduate certificate in public history while completing requirements for the MA

  • Public History courses can satisfy both History MA and certificate requirements
  • The certificate requires six additional credit hours (2 courses) of 39 credits
  • All certificate students complete an internship as part of the course requirements
  • One graduate public history course is offered each semester
  • Faculty strengths in digital history and oral history
  • Design a specialized “Public History Thesis” with both a research and outreach component
  • More information is available at the Public History Program website: This site was designed and is maintained by VT public history students.

Related Links

Admissions Requirements

Graduate Handbook

Graduate School



Students interested in applying to the Public History Certificate should contact the program director, Matt Heaton by email at
or by phone at (540) 231-8361.

Visit our office at 366 Wallace Hall, 295 West Campus Dr, Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Application Deadline

August 1

Deadline for International Students

April 1


Dr. Matthew Heaton

Director of Graduate Studies

409 Major Williams Hall


Department of History

431 Major Williams Hall, Virginia Tech

220 Stanger Street

Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-5331